even riee can be grown in the flooded fields ; in winter it is open to cold winds. On the plain are grown olives, mulberries on which silkworms are fed, and grapes from which wine is made. In other parts of the plain there are grass lands on which are reared cattle and, from the milk of these, several well-known kinds of cheese are made.
The Lombard peasant works hard and lives
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sparely. He makes his breakfast of maize porridge and water and his dinner of soup thickened with cabbages and ' turnips and flavoured with, a little lard. He eats raw vegetables with oil and vinegar, and on special occasions he adds cheese, eggs, and dried fish. He rarely touches meat but he will eat frogs, snails, and hedgehogs. He is a busy person, always in the fields looking after his crops, and the men of the towns are clever business men